If you were to look at nearly any image of a “Smart Home” they look like these images.


This conceptual framework actually works for pretty much every smart product shown in these infographics-i.e. there are either only one or less than a handful of the devices present in every home and their degree of their “smarts” is relatively limited to a narrow set of functions. There is one exception of course and that is lighting-which looks more like this in reality-

The average US home has 85 lights (as shown in the image above). And for most smart home products buyers, that number is easily greater than 100 and most often exceeding 200.

So lets say that now you have outfitted your entire house with Smart Lights. Congratulations. Now what? Smart Lights can do all these incredible things-16M colors, full white temperature range, turn on as the sun goes down, react to motion sensors, etc. Most people, and when I say most, I mean greater than 90%, are not going to take the time, assuming they have the interest, in configuring 85 to 200 plus lights in their home to truly make them smart.

Before delving into our solution to this significant hurdle to Smart Lighting success, I want to step back to talk about Sonos. In its early days, Sonos was about wireless streaming to and controlling heterogeneous speaker systems spread throughout a user’s house and all of which could be controlled from a single control pad. In addition to developing the software to handle the wireless streaming and control of the disparate speakers, they manufactured their own speakers along with the central control panel hardware. The objective was to give the user heretofore previously unavailable powers to wirelessly manage music throughout their house, regardless of manufacturer of the speakers.

The Lexi platform is designed to provide you similar user experience for your lighting-wireless control over your lighting in every room regardless of manufacturer or even whether your lights are Smart or not. And the analogy continues. In the case of Sonos, controlling music, which is a third party program, is the objective. In our case, we also provide control over third party programs, which means Light Configurations including Scenes, Patterns, Light Shows or Designs, we can be created by the user, but most likely are created by a third party Light Artist.

Lexi has designed several frameworks to enable third parties to create Light Configurations that can be successfully deployed by users regardless of the specifics of their own lighting set up. And users can easily modify those Light Configurations to better conform with the subtleties of their own home. And so doing, users can actually take advantage of the full Smart capabilities of their new lights (while also smart enabling their non smart lights through our soon to be released Smart Switches and Wall Plugs) without having to lift a finger!

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